We start with the most delicious and light fettuccine you can imagine, from Jamie Oliver. It is full of traditional garden veggies, which give it an incredible freshness, whilst the smoked trout gives it a wicked twist. Make sure you serve this STRAIGHT away with a generous serving of parmesan for the ultimate dish.
I know the food historian Ivan Day carved his own but my woodworking skills are rudimentary at best. I'm investigating the possibilities of getting one made but on the other hand, unglamorous plastic pots store well in the fridge. Although in theory you can keep quince paste, once dried out, wrapped in greaseproof paper I prefer to play if safe and refrigerate it.
There's a lot more to this journey than just what you put in your mouth, and understanding that your lifestyle, mental state and external stressors also play a huge role in your health is vitally important.
Locals usually hold strong opinions about where the food is good and which places should be avoided, and whether you're looking for fine dining, classic local dishes or no-fuss street food, having some insider knowledge will ensure a more authentic dining experience.
I have never ever hankered after a daughter. Obviously if one had appeared then I'd have loved her and been very happy indeed. But one never did. And I now find myself in the curious position of being a mother of three sons, still under 35 and yet about to sell all the unisex baby bits on eBay. I'm getting rid of everything.
During my time in the capital I have become increasingly aware that we really do have it all, world-class museums and galleries, diverse restaurants, outstanding architecture and whimsical bars.
As a chocolate blogger for over five years I go to a lot of things for Chocolate Week, some open and some not. The thing I love about Chocolate Week though is that everyone gets to go to some great events all over the country that are fun and teach you about chocolate.
Jamie's 15 Minute Meals. Have you ever actually made one? It's a common consensus between all my friends that these 15 Minute Meals are impossible. Whether you need to be Road Runner on speed to get through the list of tasks, or whether the 15 minutes actual excludes prep time, cooking time and cleaning time, it cannot be done!
Some of the biggest names in US food have passed through her kitchens and she is an insistent, quietly spoken campaigner against the culture of fast food. We chatted over a lunch of warms goats cheese with roasted figs, guinea fowl and squash gratin and then the lightest floating island in a damson and creamy sauce.
Italy, in my humble opinion, is one of the most glorious countries in the world. Florence and its rich artistic history. The winding streets and hidden underground wonders of Naples. Cinque Terre and all its coloured, seaside glory. The iconic rolling hills and olive groves of Tuscany. Venice, a mystic floating playground. Stepping back in time in Sicily. Rome, just Rome.
In this week's Friday Food Off, Olivia and I put our sweet tooth to the test. My sweet canapé is an all-time favourite, the Banoffee pie. My recipe uses budget ingredients and it's quick and simple to make. Unless your guests are bananaphobes, you're onto a winner.
Roasting tomatoes really brings out their flavour and sweetness and although these ingredients came from our Suffolk garden, the soup is packed full of Mediterranean flavours, a last burst of summer.
This year when given a cider-y amount of apples I found myself hankering after baked goods to squirrel away rather than chutney. I don't know why. I think I might be spoiling for something. My freezer is my preserving jar this Autumn. Full to the brim with these cupcakes.
Recipes have always peddled dreams as well as reality. What they do not describe are the endless water carting, scrubbing of pots with sand, the chapped hands (though there are recipes for ointments), chimneys that would not draw, spits that shed their loads, guttering candles in the kitchen gloom or the uphill struggle to keep things fresh and vermin free.
Have you ever wondered how to find the perfect wine to go with your meal? If you're tired of feeling worried in the wine aisle and want to get to grips with the mystery of food and wine pairing, then read on. All it takes are four very basic principles...
We were knackered (read: Jack was knackered). We (Jack) didn't want to cycle any more. The hills had proved a tough challenge (for Jack), made worse by cycling only on a diet of cheese and meals from Indian restaurants in the Southampton region. We (both) just wanted cheese, and we were on course to miss our next appointment by at least two hours.